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Man Attempts to Hijack Plane, Divert to Sochi

A passenger on a plane bound for Turkey attempted to hijack the aircraft and divert it to Sochi just as the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics got underway.

Deputy Prime Minister Suggests Sochi Hotel Rooms Are Being Watched

An attempt to defend Russia from a wave of reports about faulty infrastructure in Sochi by pointing the finger at guests backfired when a top official seemingly admitted to spying on hotel guests in their bathrooms.

Sochi Notebook: Olympic Food

Perched on the shore of the Black Sea on one side and on the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains on the other, Sochi offers a diverse assortment of traditional dishes.

Sports Eclipse Politics as Games Begin

Sports largely overshadowed politics the first weekend of the Sochi Olympic Games, with Sunday's most talked-about protest centering on swaying skiers rather than human rights or corruption scandals.

Winners and Losers in Russia's Shrinking Car Market (Video)

Renault Russia sales chief Sergei Kuteishchikov had to shave his head last month, having lost what seemed a sure bet. He gambled that in 2013's declining market, his dealers would beat the previous year's sales results, but not by much.

Ukraine: Political Crisis Will Not Derail 2022 Bid

The Associated Press
With the political crisis at home showing no signs of abating, Ukrainian officials insisted Sunday that their bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics will not be derailed — and will help unite the country.

Plushenko Brings Russia Closer to Gold

Yevgeny Plushenko put Russia within touching distance of their first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics after the hosts opened up a seven-point lead in the inaugural team competition on Sunday. Plushenko was roared on to the ice, cheered throughout his free skate and then had the hollering crowd on their feet as he theatrically finished off his routine with a spin.

Ryzhkov Quits RPR-Parnas Opposition Party

A leader of Russia's main liberal opposition party, RPR-Parnas, quit over the weekend with a group of senior supporters in a move that some say could be beneficial to the Kremlin and lead to the party's dismissal.

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